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Eugene Fitch Ware collection

Call Number: RH MS 154


The correspondence is almost exclusively between Ware and William E. Connelley. They discuss their various research and publications, personal and business matters, and on Kansas and national politics.


  • Creation: 1899 - 1911


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Eugene Fitch Ware (1841-1911)

Eugene Fitch Ware, an attorney by profession, often wrote poetry under the pseudonym, "Ironquill". He was a veteran of the U.S. Civil War, serving in the Iowa infantry units. He was admitted to the bar in Fort Scott, Kansas in 1871, and practiced law in Fort Scott, Topeka, and Kansas City until his death in 1911.

From 1879 to 1894, Ware was a Republican member of the Kansas Senate. Later he served as U.S. Pensions Commissioner (1902-1905).

Ware wrote a number of books including The Rise and Fall of the Saloon (1900); The Indian Campaign of 1864 (1908); Rhymes of Ironquill (1908); Ithuriel (1909); From Court to Court (1909) and others.

(For additional biographical information see Kansas Historical Collections and Who Was Who in America, volume 1.)


.5 Linear Feet (14 folders (approximately 200 items) in 1 document case)

Language of Materials



The collection is organized chronologically.

Physical Location

RH MS 154

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Harry C. Revercomb, 1961.

Guide to the Eugene Fitch Ware Collection
Eugene Fitch Ware collection
Finding aid prepared by lgg, 10 April 1974. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
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Eugene Fitch Ware collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 154, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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